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Neil Redfearn: That's why I tried to sign Danny Ward at Leeds

Danny Ward's performance against Hull showcased the talents which made Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn want to sign him at Leeds.

Ward switched to a lone striking role against the Tigers and put in his best performance in a Millers shirt as the hosts recorded an impressive 2-0 win.

It was a display that came out of the blue after a string of niggling injuries and some disappointing displays on the left.

But he silenced the critics against Hull, leading the line superbly, with his touch, pace and mobility causing a difficult afternoon for Harry Maguire and Curtis Davies.

And Redfearn, who was a suitor last January before Ward joined the Millers, is looking for a prolonged spell of form from the 25-year-old.

"I thought Danny was outstanding," said Redfearn. "I have said all along that I like him. I tried to sign him when I was at Leeds.

"The kid's got ability. The trick now is to try and keep him fit and out there and get the ball into him, where he can go and hurt people. I think there are goals in him because he is a good finisher. 

"He's an athlete, he's a strong boy, he can climb and his touch is good. It's about getting people in a better situations and giving them confidence to go and play, and he looked confident."

Ward's display was matched by his team-mates all over the pitch as the Millers made a mockery of their dismal showing at Huddersfield last week.

Redfearn went to town in criticising his players in the wake of that loss at the John Smith's Stadium, branding them "sub-standard" and not good enough for the Championship.

And he was please with the reaction he got against promotion-chasing Hull in a game where they were given little chance of winning.

“It was well deserved, to be honest, right from the first minute," Redfearn said.

"Hull had quite a bit of possession, but they are a good side; they are going to have the ball. 

“There were some harsh words said after Huddersfield and you can put one or two noses out of joint, but that is football. At the end of the day, it's a business. We have got to get results. It needed saying at the time.

“We had a good reaction. The lads really responded well.They fought today, but we have played as well. We passed it. We looked like a good side.

"We talked through the week about them having the ball and about how we would have to be patient. I thought we pressed brilliantly. As a performance, it was really pleasing."

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